About the Episode

Sarah Wakeman, MD, is an addiction medicine specialist at Mass General and a national thought leader in treatment for substance use disorders. As the medical director for the hospital's Substance Use Disorders Initiative, she is committed to changing how addiction is understood by the public and how it is treated at Mass General.

About Dr. Wakeman

Sarah Wakeman, Chaning the Face of Addiction Treatment

In addition to serving as the medical director of the Substance Use Disorders Initiative at Mass General, Sarah Wakeman, MD, leads the Addiction Consult Team, co-chairs the Opioid Task Force and is clinical lead for the Partners Healthcare Substance Use Disorder Initiative. She is also an assistant professor in medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Wakeman’s clinical interest and expertise is in the care of patients with addiction within general medical settings. Clinically, she provides primary care and office-based addiction care, as well as inpatient specialty consultation for addiction. She teaches locally, regionally and nationally about addiction and has led workshops and delivered symposia at national conferences. She was appointed by Governor Charlie Baker to serve on his opioid addiction working group and is secretary for the Massachusetts Society of Addiction Medicine and chair of the group’s policy committee.

She also conducts research devoted to physician preparedness and attitudes related to addiction and evaluating the impact of the addiction consultation on addiction severity, health care costs and utilization.

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